The Nightmare Room (Messy Man #1) by Chris Sorensen

Sorensen Took Me For A Crazy Ride

5 out of 5 stars

The Nightmare Room was a book that I saw A LOT of hype from all over my reviewing friends’ blogs, twitter, and even Goodreads.  There are friends who I don’t normally see eye-to-eye on when it comes to their reviews that I agree completely with for this book. First and foremost – I enjoyed the hell out of this book.

I cannot remember a book that enthralled me like Nightmare Room did.  I think a lot of it was because I had absolutely no guesses as to how it was going to end or even who/what could be causing the issues.  I was strapped in and ready to go wherever Sorensen wanted to take me. That doesn’t happen often, but this book took me there.

I read some other reviews that said the build-up was a little too long and that it took a little while to get into the good stuff – but I completely disagree.  The anticipation that Sorensen put into Nightmare Room became a character in itself. The way that he was able to build up both the mental imagery – he was able to write about the house in a way that made it feel thick with atmosphere. At one point I felt like I could reach out and touch it.

We got to learn a little bit about what our main characters did and a little bit about their life before they were thrown into the fire.  I, as an audiobook lover, particularly liked that Peter was a children’s book narrator and explained some of his craft without alienating the non-audiobook crowd.  It felt a little meta to be listening to a narrator talking about a narrator.  But Sorensen did it in such a way that felt just right.

The amount of psychological… things that Peter was under had my head spinning.  I realize now that pretty much anything I wanted to talk about would give away bits and pieces of the story and I won’t do that.  Just know that you are in for a ride.  One that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Check out the next book in the series, The Hungry Ones.

Book Description:

The Nightmare Room (Messy Man #1) by Chris Sorensen

Winner Best Debut Novel, Indie Horror Book Awards
Inquisitr’s Best Horror Books of 2018
12 of the Best Scary Audiobooks of 2018, Insider

New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter’s ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface.

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter’s father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.

But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur—mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
Narrator: Chris Sorensen
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Series: Messy Man Series #1
Published by Tantor Audio on May 29th 2018
Genres: Horror, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 276
Format: Audiobook
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I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: The Hungry Ones, The Messy Man, The Mad Scientists of New Jersey: Volume 1
Also in this series: The Hungry Ones, The Messy Man


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